When I find myself at crossroads with inner conflict, I consult the timeless wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita:
“But wise is he who acteth otherwise, and who performeth well his work of the world, providing, that he be unattached to the fruits thereof and that he be always centered in the knowledge of the Real Self. For such an one concerneth not himself regarding what is being done in the world, nor what is being left undone; in all created things, there is no one thing upon which he needs lean, or in which he need place dependence for his being.
Partaking of all, and acting in all – according to the dictates of Duty – he never depends upon any external thing; his trust, and hope and knowledge are fixed upon the Imperishable – the only sure dependence.”
As humans, most of our daily decision-making is patterned and predictable.
However, if we could zoom in on those instances where we stop and consciously think through our decisions, we might see our minds attempting to answer a single question:
Who am I?
In order to answer that question, our mind has to integrate the many competing self-beliefs into one. These are just some of the self-beliefs the mind might wrestle with:
- I am a good person
- I am leading this group
- I want everyone to be happy
- I value other people’s input
- I want to do the right thing
- I am a supportive person
- I am a team player
This inner conflict is good for us. That’s right — conflict is good for us!
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